“the storm” 2008 c-print 30×30 inches, edition of 7. from the upcoming show “100 stories” opening 10 april in ny.
ko-an (‘ko,än) noun : a paradoxical anecdote or riddle used in Zen
Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and
provoke enlightenment. Origin: Japanese, “matter for public thought,”
from Chinese gongàn “official business.”
The meanings of Crystal Liu’s enigmatic photographs unfold quietly –
revealing, obscuring, gently teasing, delighting. Quotidian objects in
domestic interiors become landscapes. Patterned wallpaper is the
forest floor; a lace curtain the falling night; spilled jam on a white
tablecloth a violent crime scene. Liu’s imagery is at first playful, then
puzzling and ultimately provocative, as domestic narratives become
metaphors for intimate relationships and private joy and tragedy.